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regiment, on the Lexington alarm. In 1776 he was
chosen second lieutenant of Captain David Whit-
tier's company (Fifteenth Methuen) Fourth Essex
regiment. He was commissioned again in 1777 in
Captain Samuel Johnson's, late Captain Peabody's
company as second lieutenant, in Colonel Wiggles-
worth's regiment. That was known as the First
Andover Company. Some of the revolutionary




records designate him as junior, indicating prob-
ably that an old man of the same name was in the
same town or regiment, a common practice at that
time when junior did not mean that the father of
the man had the same name always.

Lieutenant Parker married, February 7, 1771,
Abigail Osgood, daughter of Josiah and Hannah
(Kittredge) Osgood, of Andover. She was a sister
of Coloney Benjamin Osgood, of Westford and An-
dover. She died January 21, 1820, aged sixty-nine
years. She was descended from the immigrant,
John Osgood, born in England, July 23, 1595, died
October 5, 1650, one of the first proprietors of An-
dover. Children of Lieutenant John and Abigail
Parker were: Betsey, married Jonathan Bancroft,
Jr., born in Templeton, February 7, 1775; John, born
at Westford, (the only one of the family recorded
at Westford) 1783; Jacob Osgood, see forward;
and probably others.

(V) Jacob Osgood Parker, son of Lieutenant
John Parker (.4), was born in Westford, Massachu-
setts, August 19, 1786. He settled 111 Westford and
was a merchant there. He was a shoemaker by
trade. He died at Westford, March 25, 1822. lie
married, June II, 1810, Rachel Reed, born at West-
ford, August 19, 1790, died there June 15, 1830,
daughter of Amos and Rachel (Prescott) Reed, of
Westford. Their children were: Emeline, born
August 26, 181 1, married (first) Rodney Lewis;
(second) L. D. W. Locke and had no children.
Eliza Ann, born January 5, 1813, married Charles
Townstnd, of Lowell, and tney have three children —
Charles, Emma and Edwin. Mary, born October
3, 1814. married Warren Phillips and they have
rive children — Jennie, Osro, Emma M., Elville, Mary
Parker Phillips. Jesse, see forward. Hannibal,
born September 28, 1818, unmarried. Elvira B.,
born June 15, 1820, married Otis Blake, of Pepperell,

(VI) Jesse Parker, son of Jacob Osgood Parker
(5), was burn at Westford, Massachusetts, June
16, 1816. He attended the public schools there until
he was fifteen years old, when he went to Ash-
burnham, Massachusetts, to learn the trade of chair
making in the old way by hand-work. Besides
working in the chair shop he used to run a lathe
morning and nights for Deacon John C. Glazier,
from whom he received the first hundred dollars
he ever earned. He attended school there during
the winter terms until he was of age. He began to
make chairs in his own little shop and carried on
the business successfully for over twenty years. In
i860 he gave up his business to accept a position
with C. and George C. Winchester, chair manu-
facturers, where he was employed one year. He then
began farming at' South Ashburnham. After ten
years he sold his farm to James Mather. He then
entered the employ of B. E. Weatherby, where he
was employed, 111 connection with several other con-
cerns, for twenty years. He finally retired from
active business and went to Winchendon to live
with his son, Frank Hannibal Parker, where he
died June 28, 1898. Mr. Parker attended the Metho-
dist church. He was a Republican in politics and
was a delegate to various political conventions. He
was a selectman for a number of years in Ashburn-
ham, also road commissioner and assessor.

He married, December 6, 1838, Elizabeth Gates,
born April 25, 1818, daughter of William Gates.
Her father was a farmer, and was born October
13, 1782, and married Betsey Hosley, of Hancock,
New Hampshire. Her father died December 7,
1844; her mother August 22, 1872. Children of
Jesse and Elizabeth Parker were : Ellen, born Au-
gust 22, 1839, died July 15, 1840. Walter Osgood,
"— 7

see forward; Alden Wright, born May 29, [843,
died June, 1899; married, 1873. Label L. Lynne, of
Covington, Kentucky, and they had one child —
Luella Elizabeth, married Kingsley Crawford, re
sides in Akron, Ohio; Frank Hannibal, see

(A'H) Captain Walter Osgood Parker, son of
Jesse Parker (6), was born in Ashburnham, Ma
chusetls, May 1, 1841. He received his education
in the public schools of that town up to the age of
nineteen, and while going to school helped his father
on the farm. Fie soon entered the employ of C. &
G. C. Winchester, manufacturers of chairs, where
he remained three and one-half years. He then left
for the civil war, enlisting July 23, 1S62, in Com-
pany H, Thirty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry, under
Colonel George D. Wells, and was in the Eighth
Army Corps in the Army of West Virginia, sen
in the following battles: Ripon, New Market, Pied-
mont, Lynchburg, Martinsburg, Winchester, Septem-
ber 9, 1864; Stickney's Farm, Cedar Creek, Reei
Station, Fort Gregg, Hatcher's Run, and Appomatox
Court House, and was discharged after cl se of the.
war, June 20, 1865. He shortly returned to Ash-
burnham, where he resumed his old position with
the Winchesters and remained three and one-half
years again. In April, 1869, he entered the employ
of Whitney & Greenwood, general store, where he
remained until 1870, when he was admitted a part-
ner with Mr. Whitney, the new firm buying out
Mr. Greenwood's interest, under firm name of Whit-
ney & Parker. This continued until 1876, when Mr.
Parker's brother Frank H. purchased Mr. Whit-
ney's interest, and Parker Bros, continued until 1891,
when Walter O. bought out his brother's ink
and conducts a large and prosperous business.

Air. Parker is a man who has made much of his
opportunities in life, and has devoted much time-
to deep study and extensive reading of all of the
best literature, this being one of his greatest pleas-
ures. He, owns a beautiful home at corner of Main
and Lawrence streets, and is one of the first men
of the town. He is a member of the Congregational
Brethren church. A Republican in politics, having
been chosen a delegate to various conventions, was
representative to general court in 1883, was
committee on military affairs, selectman, 1890. He
has been trustee of Public Library for years, also
trustee of Public Library building, trustee of Cush-
ing Academy at present. Chairman of civic com-
mittee of the town of Ashburnham. He was di-
rector of the First National Bank of Ashburnham
during its existence, also trustee of the Won
North Savings Institution of Fitchburg. He is a
member of Sergeant Plunkett Post, No. 184, Grand
Army of the Republic, and was post commander
for two years. He served thirteen years, 1866 1 1
1879, in Tenth Regiment, Rice Guards, Massachu-
setts Volunteer Militia, as captain of Company
E, seven years, a local company of militia at Ash-

He married, August 23, 1860, Josephim
Whitney, born August 23, 1S43, daughter of i ;
Ohio Whitney, Jr., born June 9, 1813, died Febr:
6, 1879, and Mary R. (Brooks) Whitney, born Oc-
tober 1, 1S1S. They have no children.

(VII) Frank Hannibal Parker, son of
Parker (6), was born in Ashburnham, Massai
setts, February 6, 1854. He was educated there 111
the common schools. At the age of seventeen he
entered the employ of his brother as clerk in his
general store at Ashburnham, and remained four
years. The firm was then Parker & Whitney, the
junior partner being Ohio Whitney, father-in-law
of Captain Walter O. Parker. Mr. Whitney's inl

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ests were bought by Frank H. Parker and the firm
name then became Parker Brothers. He remained
a partner in this very successful business at Ash-
burnham until 1891, when he removed to Winchen-
don, having bought the business of W. A. Sanford
& Co., formerly of H. J. Tottingham, established
by him about 1865, and has since conducted a general
■dry goods store on Front street, the largest between
Fitchburg and Keene. He also carries in stock car-
pets, cloaks, fine china and small wares. He is a
director in the Co-operative Bank and director in
the Savings Bank of Winchendon. He was treas-
urer for a number of years of the Congregational
church at Ashburnham. He is now a member of
the Church of the Unity (Unitarian) at Winchen-
don. He is a Republican in politics and been dele-
gate to senatorial conventions in his district.

He is a prominent Free Mason. He was made a
master Mason in Artisan Lodge, at Winchendon,
February 28, 1893, and has been worshipful master.
He was district deputy grand master in 1904-05.
He was exalted to the North Star, Royal Arch
Chapter, at Winchendon, June 5, 1893, and was its
high priest 1896-97-98, re-elected again September
10, 1906. He was district deputy grand high priest
for the district in 1902 and 1903. He received his
Templar degree in Ivanhoe Commandery of Gard-
ner, Massachusetts, but is at present a member of
Jerusalem Commandery of Fitchburg. He is at
present president of the Past Ma-sters' Association
of the twelfth Masonic district. He belongs to
Watatic Tribe of Red Men, also Royal Acanum.

He married, January 24, 1877, Florence O. Mer-
■riam, of Ashburnham, born October, 1853, daughter
of Phillip and Helen (Smallpiece) Merriam, of
Ashburnham. Her father was the proprietor of a
general store. Children of Frank H. and Florence
O. Parker were : Lena Florence, born April 29,
[882, graduate of Radcliffe College, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, now a teacher in the Murdock high
school at Winchendon. Alden Merriam, Aorn Au-
gust 22, 1884, graduate of the Norwich University
at Northfield, Vermont ; at present with Brown, Dur-
re II & Co., of Boston, dealers in small wares.

WESTON FAMILY. John Weston (1). was
the immigrant ancestor of the Weston family of
Winchendon. Massachusetts, to which Elliot Irving
and Karl Ephraim Weston belong. According to
an affidavit that he made in 1685, he was born in
[631. He came to New England and landed in
Salem about 1644 from Buckinghamshire, England,
at the age of thirteen; he was a stowaway and his
mother whom he left in England, was a widow.
Mr died in 17-'.?. aged "over ninety." He was a
member of the First Church of Salem in 1648. He
removed to the neighboring town of Reading in

1652. in the section now Wakefield. His land
adjoined the meeting house square on the south-
east part of Reading pond and extended south. He
is said to have been a very pious and industrious

I le married, 1653, Sarah Fitch, daughter of
Zachariah Fitch, <.i" Reading, one of the earliest
pioneer settlers. They had eight children: John,

ee forward; Samuel, born 1655, married Abigail

; Sarah, baptized May 10. 1657; Elizabeth,

ptized October 28, i<>o.': Stephen, born 1667, was
the ancestor of the Winchendon family; Thomas,

born 1670, married Elizabeth and had five

suns; they had also two daughters, names unknown.
(II) John Weston, son of John Weston (i),
was burn at Reading, Massachusetts, in 1661. He
settled in Reading and married Mary Bryant of
that town* Their children were: John, born 1' .

was killed in the war in 1707; Abraham, 1687, died
1765, unmarried; Samuel, 1689; Mary, 1691 ;
Stephen, see forward ; Zachariah, 1693 ; James,
1697; Benjamin, 1698; Jeremiah, 1700; Timothy,
1702: Timothy 2d, 1704, removed to Concord,
Massachusetts, with his brother Stephen; Jona-
than, 1705; Sarah, 1707; John, 1709.

(III) Stephen Weston, son of John Weston
(2). was born in Reading, Massachusetts, 1692.
He removed to Concord about 1726. The name was
more generally spelled Wesson in Concord, though
that spelling was common in all branches of the
family in the early records. He was one of the
founders of the Lincoln church in 1747. His
brother Timothy was also a charter member.
Stephen was the first treasurer elected in 1746. The
church was formally organized August 18, 1747.

He married Hannah . Their children were:

Stephen, Jr., born about 1725: Sarah, born in Con-
cord, November it, 1727; Benjamin, born June 30,
1734, died August 20, 1735; Hepsibah, born April
.3- T 743, at Concord. There were probably other
children born in Lincoln.

(IV) Stephen Weston, Jr., eldest son of Stephen
W'eston (3), w-as born about 1725 in Reading or
vicinity. He lived in that part of Concord set off
as Lincoln, and joined the Lincoln church by pro-
fession of faith in 1750. He married Lydia Bill-
ing, at Concord. November 27, 1746. The births
of his first three children are on the Concord
records. Children were : Lydia, born 1747. at Con-
cord; Elizabeth, born April 8, 1750; Hannah, born
June 2, 1752 ; Stephen, see forward.

(V) Stephen Weston, son of Stephen Weston
(4), was born in Lincoln, Massachusetts, March
22, 1 76 1. Lie removed to Winchendon at the time
of his marriage, settling in the western part of the
town on what was called Tallow hill. His home-
stead is the one now occupied by George Bos-
worth. He was one of the first to embrace the
Methodist Episcopal faith. The first meetings in
the town were in his house from 1800 until the
church was built in 1807. He was one of the
committee in charge of building the church and
he himself gave the land. The committee consisted
of William Poland. Stephen Weston, Silas Warner,
William Crane, Barzillai Martin. The deed is
dated 1809. He was a shoemaker as well as farmer
and is called a cordwainer in this deed of land to
the church. He bought of Gardner Wilder two
hundred and twenty-seven acres in Royalston Leg,
later part of Winchendon. in 1794. He deeded
the farm on which he had lived for "a great num-
ber of years." to his son just before his death.
The homestead included ninety-one acres of land
at that time and was bounded by land of Captain
Joseph Robbins, James Taylor, Levi Brooks and
Samuel Brown.

He married, March 31. 1784. Susan Whitney,
horn at Stow. Massachusetts, October II, 1766,
daughter of Daniel Whitney, born in Stow, Feb-
ruary 13. 1720, married, 1744. Dorothy Goss. of
Lancaster. His line back to the pioneer John Whit-
nev was: Daniel (IV), Richard (HI) Richard
(11), John (I). (See Whitney Family). Chil-
dren of Stephen and Susan (Whitney) Weston
were: Stephen, Jr., born November 30, 1785, died
August 6. 1840: Sukey, born November 16. 1788,
died May 28, 1867: married Ephraim Fairbanks,
died December 4. 1864. aged seventy-eight: Ware-
ham, born December 1. 1790: George, Wareham,
was the father of eleven children: George, died
September 15. 1800: Daniel B.. born October 2g,
1800. died in Iowa between 1863 and 1869; Elizabeth,
lorn March 6, 1S03, died May 24, 1854, unmar-



ried; Ephraim W., see forward; Eleazer P., born
June 24, 1808, died June 12, 1874.

(V) Ephraim W. Weston, ninth child of
Stephen Weston (5), was born at Winchendon,
Massachusetts, December 27, 1805. He attended
the district schools there in his youth and worked
on his father's farm. After he left the farm he
was the proprietor of a livery stable in Winchen-
don, and also was postmaster there for a number
of years. In 1850 he formed a partnership with
Levi N. Fairbank for the manufacture of wooden-
ware at Athol, Massachusetts. Owing to ill-health
he retired at the end of two years. He died Oc-
tober 29, 1854. He was a man of very strict re-
ligious views. When he kept the stable he refused
to let his horses and carriages on Sundays. He
married, November 27, 1833, Roxana Chaplin, born
October 18, 1S12, daughter of Moses and Martha
(Bent) Chaplin, of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
Her father was a farmer. They had one son, Irv-
ing Ephraim, see forward.

(VII) Irving Ephraim Weston, son of Ephraim
W. Weston (6), was born at Winchendon, May 11,

1835, on the old Weston homestead in the western
part of the town. He attended what was known
as the west school and the Winchendon Academy
in his native town, also Wesleyan Academy at
Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He began work as
confidential clerk for Captain Ephraim Murdock.
After a few years he formed a partnership with
Washington Whitney for the manufacture of
wooden-ware. At the end of two years his part-
ner withdrew and Mr. Weston continued the busi-
ness alone until his death, May 10, 1880. Once
his plant was nearly all destroyed by fire, and noth-
ing but the utmost courage and perseverance saved
him from financial disaster. He was a Republican
in politics and served nine years on the school
committee, exhibiting the greatest interest in the
schools. He made an admirable and conscientious
public servant. He was an active member of the
North Congregational society and was organist for
many years. He was a gifted musician. He was
for a long time the treasurer of the Winchendon
Savings Bank.

He married at Sullivan, New Hampshire, Sep-
tember I, 1859, Harriet L. A. Mason, born January
18. 1834, daughter of Rufus and Prudence (Woods)
Mason, of Sullivan. Her father was a farmer,
captain of the militia company and representative
in the legislature. Children of Irving Ephraim
and Harriet L. A. Weston were : Osgood Irving,
born November 7, 1861, died October iS, 1S62;
Helen Mason, born July 11, 1864, died September
2. 1900: Edith Harriet, born May 12, 1866, mar-
ried William P. Andrews, of Salem, Massachu-
setts; Elliot Irving, see forward; Karl Ephraim,
unmarried, see forward.

(VIII) Elliot Irving Weston fourth child of
Irving Ephraim Weston (7), was born at Win-
chendon, Massachusetts, December 18, 1868. He
attended the public and high schools there, fitting
at Worcester Academy for the Worcester Poly-
technic Institue. Although he passed his entrance
■examination he had to forego the higher education
to go into business. He entered the wholesale
paper business in which he has continued to the
present time. He resides in Boston. He is a mem-
ber of the North Congregational parish of Win-
chendon. In politics he is a Republican. He is

(VIII) Karl Ephraim Weston, fifth child of
Irving Ephraim Weston (7), was born in Win-
chendon, October 7, 1874. He attended the public
schools, graduating from the Murdock high school

in his native town in 1892. He entered Williams
College the same year and was graduated with
the degree of A. B. in 1896. He entered the
American School of Archaeology at Rome in the
following autumn. While there he studied under
Professor Warren, formerly of Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity at Baltimore, Maryland, but now of Har-
vard. After a year Professor Warren assigned to
Mr. Weston the task of copying the manuscript of
Terrence, including the illustrations of the play
of the Phormio. This work of Mr. Weston has
since been reproduced in the "Harvard Studies."
After returning to America Mr. Weston taught
school at Tarrytown, New York, and in the boys'
school in Prohibition Park, Staten Island. Then
he went to Baltimore as private tutor and con-
tinued his studies in Spanish and modern lan-
guages at Johns Hopkins. In 1901 he was ap-
pointed an instructor in Williams College. After
four years of teaching there he was promoted to
a professorship, and given a leave of absence for
two years which he spent in study abroad. The
years he devoted to the study of French, Italian
and Spanish, taking full courses at the Sorbonne
and College De France in Paris.

COLBURN FAMILY. Edward Colburn (1),
the immigrant ancestor of Mrs. James B. Gallup,
of Leominster, Massachusetts, was born in 1618
in England. He came to America with his brother
Robert, who was ten years older than he, in the
ship "Defence" in 1635. Some of the Colburns
of Leominster and many of those in Worcester
county trace their descent to Nathaniel Colburn,
of Dedham, Massachusetts, but no known connec-
tion exists between the Dedham pioneer and these
two under consideration. Robert and Edward Col-
burn both settled at Ipswich and Robert remained
there. Robert and his wife both deposed in 1668
that they were sixty years old; he died May 2,
1685, leaving a son Robert and probably other chil-
dren. Edward Colburn was one of the pioneer
settlers of Chelmsford. Massachusetts, which was
set off from Concord in 1652.

(II) Robert Colburn. son of Edward Colburn
(1), was probably born about 1645 at Ipswich. He
was brought up at Chelmsford, whither his father
went in the early fifties. He married Mary Bishop,
daughter of Edward Bishop, who settled in Salem
1640 or earlier. She was baptized as Salem, Oc-
tober 12, 1651. Robert Colburn died at Concord,
June 7. 1701. Among other children of Robert
and Mary Colburn were : Nathaniel, of whom
later; William, married, February 29, 1715-6, Mar-
garet French and had children — Robert, born Jan-
uary 16, 1716-7; Keziah, October 27, 1721 ; Jemima,
June 15, 1724; William, December 5, 1726.

' (III) Nathaniel Colburn, son of Robert Col-
burn (2), was born at Chelmsford or Concord
about 1700. He married about 1720, Dorcas Jones,
of Concord, Massachusetts. She was the daughter
of Nathaniel and Mary Jones, of Concord, where
sin- was born January 17. 1703-4. He removed
to Leominster about 1750 and bought a farm in the
south part of the town. He deeded half of this
farm to his son John, March 15, 1765. Four of
his sons were soldiers in the revolution. John
was sergeant at arms in the Leominster company
on the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775; sergeant
of a company raised to re-inforce the army of
General Gates at Saratoga in 1777. Ebenezer was
a lieutenant in the company of Captain Jabez Keep
and the regiment of Colonel Jonathan Smith. Again
he was first lieutenant in 1776 and 1777 in Captain
Nathaniel Carter's company, Colonel Abijah



Stearns' regiment. Nathan and Jonathan Colburn
were n the Leominster companies.

Tin- children of Nathaniel and Dorcas Jones
were: Nathaniel, born January 19, 1722-3, mar-
ried Tabitha Headley; Ebenezer, November 10,
17.24, died June 7, 1828: Dorcas, September 1, 1726;
Mary, April 12, 1729, died November 6, 1740; Ebe-
nezer, September 17, 1731 : Sarah, May 8, 1734:
John (twin), July 10. 1736, died August 4, 1730 ;
Jonathan (twin), July 10, 1736, married Sarah
Harvey; John. August 3, 1738. of whom later:
Mary, Octi ber 4, 1742; Nathan, November 18, 1744;

Hannah, July 20, 1747.

( IV ) John Colburn, son of Nathaniel Colburn
(3). was born at Concord. Massachusetts. August
3. 1738. Hi- removed with his parents to the
southern part of Leominster about 1750. He was
a soldier in the revolution, sergeant in Captain
Nathaniel Carter's company, Colcmel Abiiah
Stearns' regiment. His brother Ebenezer was first
lieutenant of the same company. John Colburn
was later in Lieutenant Samuel Stickney's com-
pany. Colonel Abijah Stearns' regiment, and
marched to reinforce General Gates in 1777. He
lived on the homestead in the south part of Leo-
minster. He deeded it to his sous Elnathan and
Joseph, March 5, 1804. He married Anna Darby,
of Harvard, Massachusetts. Their children were:
Joseph, of whom later; Elnathan, Nathan,

[\ 1 Joseph Colburn, son of John Colburn (4).
was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, November
!9. '779- He married Relief Gibson. Their chil-
dren were : Jacob, of whom later ; Ann, Polly,
Joseph. John. Alvin, Charles.

(VI) Jacob Colburn, son of Joseph Colburn
(51. was born at Leominster. Massachusetts, May
23. 1806. He was educated there in the public
schools and learned the trade of comb manufac-
turing of James H. Carter. He went into business
on his own account in 1840 at Leominster and for
a quarter of a century was an extensive and suc-
cessful manufacturer. He spent his whole life in
1 1 minster and was identified with many of its
interests. He enjoyed the affection as well as the
respect of bis neighbors.

He married, Vpril 25, 1831. Hannah Spaulding,
daughter of and Betsey (Heald) Spauld-
ing, the eighth of eleven children. Her father
was thrown upon his own resources by the death
of bis father when be was but twelve years old,
but he managed to secure a good education and
ehool for several terms. Her grand-
father was Joseph Spaulding and ber grandmother
Bridget Crosby, daughter of Robert Crosby, a na-
1 1 New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Hannah's
mdfather was Jacob Spaulding, of Chelms-
Jacob Colburn died July 7. [865. The chil-
dren 1 E I ic b and Hannah Colburn were: Sarah
F., married 1 econd) James R Gallup, of whom
latter; Charles A., born July 20, 1837; Mary A.,
October 30, 1843, married Franklin S. Blake.

(Ylli Sarah F. Colburn, daughter of Jacob
Colburn (6), wa born in Leominster, Massachu-
setts, November 19, 1833, She was educated th
in the public schools. She married ("first") David

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